Speaker Mike Johnson Urges Invocation Of 25th Amendment Following Biden’s Debate Missteps

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) on Friday called on President Joe Biden’s cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, urging them to remove Biden from office due to his troubling performance during Thursday’s debate against former President Donald Trump.

Johnson’s remarks came in response to Texas Rep. Chip Roy’s plans to propose a resolution urging Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the effort in declaring Biden unfit for office. Johnson addressed reporters on Capitol Hill, expressing his concerns. “There’s a lot of people asking about the 25th Amendment right now because this is an alarming situation,” he stated. “Our adversaries see the weakness in this White House as we all do. I take no pleasure in saying that. I think this is a very dangerous situation.”

The 25th Amendment’s Section 4 allows the vice president and a majority of the cabinet to declare the president unfit to serve. If invoked, the vice president immediately assumes the role of acting president. The president can contest this decision in writing to Congress, which would then require a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate to permanently remove the president.

Johnson urged the cabinet members to deeply consider the gravity of the situation. He noted the widespread panic among Democrats following Biden’s debate performance. “I would be panicking too if I were a Democrat today and that was my nominee,” Johnson remarked. “But it’s not just political. It’s not just the Democratic Party. It’s the entire country. We have a serious problem here because we have a president who, by all appearances, is not up to the task.”

During Thursday’s debate, Biden struggled with coherence, often losing his train of thought. One instance that drew significant media attention was his rambling answer on healthcare, which concluded with, “We finally beat Medicare.” Additionally, Biden falsely claimed that no U.S. troops had died during his presidency, a statement later corrected by Deputy Defense Department Press Secretary Sabrina Singh, who acknowledged that several service members had indeed died under Biden’s watch.

The highest-profile incident of American casualties under Biden was the deaths of 13 service members during the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021. Biden also incorrectly stated that no American soldiers had died during his tenure, overlooking casualties such as the three service members killed in a drone strike in Jordan and two Navy SEALs who died while attempting to board a ship carrying Iranian weapons to Yemen.

Despite these issues, Biden has indicated no intention of stepping down. At a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, he admitted, “I know how to do this job. I know how to get things done,” acknowledging that he doesn’t speak or debate as well as he used to.

Former President Barack Obama defended Biden, drawing parallels to his own poor debate performance against Mitt Romney in 2012. “Bad debate nights happen. Trust me, I know,” Obama posted on X.

Biden campaign officials have affirmed that the president plans to continue his campaign and debate Trump again on September 10. However, Johnson and other Republican leaders remain resolute in their concerns, highlighting the urgency for the cabinet to act in the nation’s best interest.

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